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North West Bathing Water Improvement

Project cost (total)

£600 million

Imperative Directive standards (microbiological)

<10,000 total coliforms per 100ml of water and <2,000 faecal coliforms per 100ml in 95% of the samples taken

Guideline Directive standards (microbiological)

<500 total coliforms per 100ml of water and <100 faecal coliforms per 100ml in at least 80% of the samples taken; <100 faecal streptococci per 100ml of water in at least 90% of the samples

Directive compliance deadline

1985

Programme commencement

1993

European judgement

1993

Infraction action brought

1997

Major programme elements completed

1998/9

Compliance at Blackpool's designated sites

2000

Compliance at all Fylde coast beaches

2001

Infraction action withdrawn

2001

Three beaches meet "guideline" standard

2002

18 beaches meet "guideline" standard

2003

Programme completion

2005

Client / sponsor

North West Water (now United Utilities)

Environmental investigations

Environment Agency & EWMRC (University of Wales)

Engineering services

Bechtel Water Technology

Programme implementation

Montgomery Watson

Construction services

Morrison Construction

Stormwater storage

Bachy Soletanche

Local authorities / planning

Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Lytham St Annes, Ribble Valley, Preston Borough, Southport
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